Mental Health Services: Young People - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:29 pm on 24th September 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Greengross Baroness Greengross Crossbench 12:29 pm, 24th September 2020

My Lords, I declare my interests as in the register. Like young people, many older people have suffered a significant deterioration of their mental health during the pandemic. Due to social distancing restrictions, many counselling and other mental health services can be accessed only online. Recent research by the International Longevity Centre found that 11.9 million people in the UK lack the digital skills they need for everyday life, and ONS figures published in May show that only 47% of adults aged 75 and over use the internet. What support will the Government give vulnerable older people experiencing mental health issues, and how will they support those who are digitally excluded so that they can still have access to mental and other important health services?